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Vintage Handkerchief Table Runner

My mom and aunts are cleaning out my sweet grandmother's house now that she has passed away. My grandmother saved lots of things just in case she would ever need them again so there are lots of vintage clothing and treasures. My mom and Aunts have been great at checking to see if I would like to use anything. My grandmother had collected lots and lots of pretty handkerchiefs. Each granddaughter and great-granddaughter got a special one and then I picked out some of the leftovers. I sewed them together into a sweet table runner.
It's so colorful, feminine, and fun, and I love that it still smells like my grandmother.
They have been neatly folded for years so even though I ironed this, I couldn't get all the creases out. It needs to sit out for awhile.
I love that there's so much history in it. Some are from the 1940's!
I didn't sew them like a regular seam with right sides together. I didn't want lumps. All I did was overlap one about an 1/8" or less over another and sewed a topstitch.
Wouldn't this be perfect for a like a tea party or a girl baby shower? And the colors are perfect for Easter/Spring. I can't wait to use it for something special in the future.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!


  1. What a great way to remember your grandmother. :) Hope you are doing well.

  2. What a cute idea--you've preserved the handkerchiefs and used them at the same time. I've got a whole collection of old handkerchiefs passed on to me and I just might try your idea. Thanks!
    best, nadia

  3. I love the vintage handkerchiefs as a table runner. What a great idea! And thanks for visiting the blog :)

  4. Love the way you showcased the edges by layering them over the top instead of hiding them under a seam. I would have done the same thing.
    It's been a year since you posted this and the creases have probably relaxed, but a trick I learned from my grandmother is vinegar will help with that. Grandma "damp-ironed" clothes. Fresh from the clothesline she sprinkled them with water and then folded and twisted them into a little ball and tucked them into a laundry basket so they would all stay damp. As "ironing day" wore one, the remaining clothes started drying in that crumbled little ball. To get those set-in creases out she dampened a cotton ironing cloth with vinegar and placed it over the creases to smooth them out.
    Thanks for all your great tips! I pin your stuff like crazy!

  5. Great idea, if you want lots more hankie ideas check them out here!


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